Crime Update from the DC Police Union, City Wide

DC Crime Summary – August 12th – August 18th

There were 5 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 97. Homicides have increased by 35% compared to this time last year, while violent crime and total crime have increased in DC compared to the same time last year.

Matthew Shlonsky, 23, was shot and killed in Shaw Saturday afternoon. The incident took place only blocks away from where several people were shot earlier in the week, and there is no indication that the victim was the intended target. Authorities have released a video of six persons of interest wanted in connection with the incident.

Lawrence Alonzo Carter, 27, was shot and killed Saturday morning near the Kipp DC: Will Academy.

The death of five-week-old Robert Smith, Jr. was determined to be a homicide. He was killed on August 4th as a result of blunt force trauma, and Robert Smith, Sr., 28, was arrested Monday, August 17th, and he was formally charged with first-degree murder.

Tenika Fontanelle, a 31-year-old mother, was fatally shot and her 12-year-old son was also shot Tuesday, August 18th, after a 17-year-old entered their home with an illegal firearm. Police believe that the two juveniles may have had an argument on Monday, August 17th, that led to the shooting. The 17-year-old suspect was also shot in the incident.

Amari Jenkins, 21, was shot and killed outside of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Benning Ridge on Tuesday, August 18th. The suspect was last seen in a minivan, and police are investigating the incident.

The body of William Conley, 24, was found inside of a Brentwood neighborhood home near Langdon Park on Tuesday, August 18th. The victim died from fatal gunshot wounds, and authorities are investigating the homicide.

A 17-year-old male was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Dalis Cox, 3. The victim was accidentally shot by her 7-year-old brother who was playing with a handgun, and it is believed that the teenage suspect brought the firearm into the apartment.

Photos were released of three persons of interest wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Antonio Austin, 31, near police headquarters. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

A woman was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Park View early Sunday morning. A male, about 5’5”-5’6” tall, was described as a suspect. He has a muscular build and was last seen wearing a blue and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, a hat, and sunglasses.

There have been several shootings and killings in the Shaw neighborhood over the past several weeks. And Fox5DC reported that residents in Shaw are now increasingly concerned about their own safety.

D’Andre Britton was arrested by authorities for allegedly shoplifting and stabbing a security guard at Macy’s.

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City-Wide Highlights

There were 5 homicides this past week, bringing this year’s total to 97. Homicides have increased by 35% compared to this time last year, while violent crime and total crime have increased in DC compared to the same time last year. • So far this year there have been 178 incidents of sexual abuse reported in the District. • There were 8 incidents of sexual abuse and 33 armed robberies with a gun reported this past week in DC. • Armed robberies with a gun have increased by 22% and assaults with a gun have increased by 20% compared to this time last year. • There were 831 total crimes in DC this past week including 138 violent crimes.

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Recent Crime News

August 18th

Washington Post: 2 separate Southeast shootings kill man near church, wound 2 youths “A man was fatally shot on the grounds of a Catholic church in Southeast Washington on Tuesday afternoon, and hours later, gunfire in an apartment five miles away in Congress Heights wounded a child, a teenager and a woman, D.C. police said.”

Washington Post: District father charged with fatally squeezing crying 5-week-old baby “A District man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 5-week-old son after he squeezed the infant tightly to quiet him and fractured his vertebrae in the process, authorities said.”

WUSA9: Body found in Northeast DC investigated as homicide “The body of a man was found Tuesday afternoon in Northeast DC. According to D.C. police, the body was found inside a house in the 2700 block of 17th Street NE at around 4:52 p.m. Tuesday. D.C. police say this is currently a death investigation, but homicide cops are at the scene.”

NBC Washington: Woman Dies, 2 Children Shot After Child Enters Home With Gun “The woman shot along with two children in an apartment in Southeast D.C. Monday afternoon has died, police said in an update late Monday. Two children and the woman were shot after a 17-year-old entered the home with a gun, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said an initial investigation shows.”

WJLA: Man sentenced to nearly 30 years for sexually assaulting former girlfriend’s daughter “A man was sentenced to 29 1/2-years in prison Tuesday on charges of sexual assaults committed against his former girlfriend’s daughter, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr.”

Prosecutors are seeking a 25-year sentence for woman charged with killing David Messerschmitt

Daryl Malloy, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing Kevin Owens, 22

DC Police Chief believes that repeat violent offenders are driving the increase in homicides

Multiple shootings and robberies were reported overnight on Monday

12-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint by two other children on Friday

Derrick Carter, 26, is wanted in connection with the July murder of Melvin Williams, 31

August 17th

Washington Post: Police say at least two gunmen opened fire where man was killed in Shaw “One of several people being sought by District police in the fatal shooting of a man near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station waved a gun at one person and shot at another as he made his high-speed getaway, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday.”

Washington Post: D.C. man is arrested in connection with death of a baby, police say “A Northwest Washington man was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with murder in connection with the death of a baby, D.C. police said. They said Robert Smith, Sr., 28, was charged in the death of Robert Smith, Jr., who was five weeks old.”

Fox5DC: Violent crime concerns continue after Shaw neighborhood shootings “There are more violent crime concerns in the District after a recent American University graduate was shot and killed outside of the Shaw-Howard U Metro station over the weekend. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is trying to assure the public that overall crime is flat. However, that is not true when it comes to homicides.”

Washington Post: Woman sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Park View area of Northwest D.C. “A woman was sexually assaulted at gunpoint early Sunday in the Park View neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. They said the attack occurred about 6 a.m., or shortly before sunrise, in the 600 block of Park Road NW.”

NBC Washington: DJ Stabbed Multiple Times in Dupont Circle Robbery “Nestor Lopez, known as DJ Nestor, was getting into his car after leaving a club in the neighborhood when someone put a knife to his throat and demanded money. Lopez complied, but the man stabbed him repeatedly in the head, face and neck anyway.”

Washington Post: Witnesses say fatal H Street stabbing was over a bump on a crowded city bus “A fatal stabbing at a bus stop along the crowded H Street corridor in Northeast Washington last week occurred during an argument over a bag striking a small girl on a city bus, according to a police arrest affidavit.”

Six persons of interest are wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Matt Shlonksy

A double shooting took place Monday morning at the Elizabeth Ministry in Northeast

Authorities are asking for the public’s advice in identifying a sexual assault suspect

Two people were robbed at gunpoint near Eastern Market

August 16th

Washington Post: ‘Straight up execution’: Not even NW is immune as crime surges across D.C. “This brazen killing last month in Northwest Washington’s Park View neighborhood, described in a police report, underscores the renewed violence that is surging across the District. It occurred at 9:30 p.m. and was witnessed by a man looking out a nearby window.”

Two men were shot in Benning early Sunday morning

Three people were stabbed in the District early Saturday morning

Two people died and two others were injured in car crash along Suitland Parkway

13 more men have been arrested for soliciting prostitutes this weekend in the District

Victor Evans, 29, was reported as missing by DC Police

August 15th

Washington Post: AU graduate shot and killed near Shaw-Howard Metro station “A man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest Washington, a few blocks from where three people were shot and wounded Tuesday night. The victim was identified by police as Matthew C. Shlonsky, 23, of Northeast. Online information indicated that he was a member of the class of 2014 at American University and was on the honor roll.”

Washington Post: Man fatally shot in Northwest Saturday morning “A man was shot and killed Saturday morning in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police. The victim was identified as 27 year-old Lawrence Alonzo Carter, of Northwest.”

Darnell Crews, 31, and another unidentified male were arrested in connection with a 2014 shooting

Alan Martin, 24, was arrested for punching 6 people on the streets in NoMa

August 14th

Fox5DC: EXCLUSIVE: McDonald’s employee stabbed by woman inside DC restaurant “A woman who works at a McDonald’s near the White House said a person walked into the restaurant Thursday and suddenly stabbed her. Terrie Cooper was on the job for just five months when it happened. She said her attacker began pacing in the lobby, walked behind the counter and stabbed her six times.”

Hector Louis Felix, 57, was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of Eric Lee Smith, 44

7-year-old boy accidentally shot his sister Dalis Cox, 3, after a 17-year-old family member brought the firearm into their apartment

August 13th

Washington Post: In D.C.’s homicide spike, a new trend: Some involve past violent offenders “More than 10 percent of the District’s spiking number of homicides this year have involved previously known violent offenders who have recently been released from prison, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday.”

Washington Post: Arrest made in ‘manslaughter’ case of 3-year-old girl, but charges are unclear “D.C. police arrested a 17-year-old youth this week on charges connected with the accidental shooting death of a toddler last month inside a Southeast apartment, officials said in a statement released late Thursday. Police said the teenager was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree child cruelty in the death of 3-year-old Dalis Cox, who family members and investigators have said they believed was shot by her 7-year-old brother as he played with a handgun July 29.”

NBC Washington: Police Looking for Three People in Fatal NW D.C. Stabbing “D.C. police released photos of three people sought in connection with a homicide in northwest D.C. July 27. People following 31-year-old Antonio Austin of Capitol Heights pulled knives and attacked him in the 400 block of E Street NW.”

Child abuse survivor biked 2,000 miles to DC to spread awareness about the important of child advocacy centers

10 more men having been arrested for soliciting prostitutes, bringing the operation’s total to 167 arrests

Photos were released of suspects wanted for a string of robberies across the District

A bicyclist was taken to the hospital after he collided with a car

Cleaning lady confesses to stealing engagement ring worth $50,000

August 12th

Washington Post: Wanted man turns himself in to D.C. police “D.C. police have arrested a man wanted for first-degree murder, two days after telling the public that he might be armed and dangerous. Matin M. Flythe, 21, turned himself in on Wednesday, police spokesman Hugh Carew said. Flythe has been charged with the murder of Michael Toland, 22, on Aug. 1.”

Washington Post: Man arrested in stabbing of Macy’s worker is identified, charged “D’Andre Britton was arrested by Metro Transit officers a short time after the 3 p.m. incident at the entrance to the store in the 1200 block of G Street NW, along a street lined with stores four blocks from the White House.”

Washington Post: Killing an example of chilling violence in D.C.’s Woodland Terrace “They came to 2743 Langston Place in the District to mourn a brother, a godchild and a friend. Community members gathered late last week at a makeshift memorial on the spot where 23-year-old Antonio McCallister had been fatally shot in the troubled Woodland Terrace complex.”

NBC Washington: D.C. Police Offer $250 for Reporting Illegal Dirt Bikes and ATVs “If you spot a dirt bike and tell police, you could get a $250 reward. The Metropolitan Police Department is now offering the money in exchange for information on illegal dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and mini-bikes being driven in the District. ”

Shootings take place in Shaw where violent crime was common

Metro busses will add video surveillance to protect drivers from assaults

Crime Tip of the Week

According to AARP and NBC Washington, 27% of Internet users admitted to handling their personal business over public Wi-Fi. With this said, experts believe that hackers have increased their efforts to steal personal information from public Wi-Fi users. To protect yourself and your personal information, keep in mind the following tips.

Never enter credit or debit account number while you are using public Wi-Fi.

Do not purchase anything over public Wi-Fi. This will leave your credit and/or debit information vulnerable to potential hackers.

Before you begin using public Wi-Fi, ensure that it is from a credible source. Oftentimes, hackers will create their own public Wi-Fi hotspots to lure in potential victims.

Posted August 21 2015 at 12:51 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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